QWhy are GMOs considered bad?

Why are GMOs considered bad?

AExpert Answer

There is a lot of misinformation across our society, media and the internet on GMOs. GM crops have been grown for more than 20 years. Arguments around GM crops being good or bad have formed various opinions but many of the criticisms around GM crops are not unique to GM crops but also applicable to other forms of agriculture.

 

Robert Wager, Vancouver Island University faculty member, explains the real criticisms of GM crops including the high costs of GM seeds, regulatory costs, germline biodiversity, cross pollination, fertilizer use and herbicide-resistant weeds.

 

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Posted on March 2, 2017
The term “GMO” typically refers to crops or animals that, through genetic engineering, have had a gene (or a few genes) from a different species inserted into their genome. So yes, by design, to improve a crop or animal with genetic engineering, the genome of the new, GE variety has been changed by the addition of new genes(s).     Your question also asks about whether inserting the new gene(s) will “…activate genes…” Some traits in... Read More
Posted on April 22, 2017
GMO plants, like all other plants, do not “sleep” in the sense that you and I as mammals sleep. However, plants do have natural processes that may be cyclic or seasonal, indicating a cycle or rhythm to their growth and life. This is not technically “sleeping” but let me give you a couple of examples of what I mean.    Some plants have a type of metabolism known as CAM (Crassulacean Acid Metabolism). Plants which have CAM close the pores on their leaves... Read More
Posted on August 15, 2017
No! However, poor nutrition coupled with highly processed foods and a lack of education regarding healthy eating is bad for our kids. As a mother and farmer, I believe the best way to keep my family safe and healthy is to make sure they eat a balanced diet and make good food choices daily. Fresh, healthy ingredients and minimally processed foods that are low in sugar, salt, calories and cholesterol provide kids with the best opportunity for a healthy diet. Agricultural biotechnology... Read More
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